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Old 05-22-2009, 08:11 PM   #21
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Re: Barbeques

Our first BBQ with our new trailer.
We purchased a Broil King Porta Chef and a propane
quick connect hose to hook it to the trailer and
WOW it works great, lots of heat.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:59 PM   #22
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I posted to your pix on Show Your Escape "awesome bbq" before I got to this message.

I've had two Porta Chefs. One lasted probably 15 years with some new parts. I still have my newish one and I have a Weber Q. A friend got the Weber and insisted I had to have one. Since he paid for it, it was easier to say yes than no. You'll be happy with it for a very long time.

I'm taking the Weber this weekend. I can't quite decide which one is better. The Weber does sit secure on the floor of the Toad whereas the Broil King might be more inclined to move around. And, my friend insisted I get the folding stand too, so it's less hassle than putting the legs on the Porta Chef.

I'm off to Kane Lakes near Merritt for four days fly fishing and glorious sunshine tomorrow morning. Menu for the first night was hot dogs, but my fishing buddy decided we'll have scallops instead. Oh well.

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Old 05-22-2009, 11:35 PM   #23
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I love the heat output of the Porta Chef, I have used it at a big party doing brats an burgers, and someone else brought out one that was twice the size, but mine put out even more food. It is a bit big for two, but you can do the corn, steak and potatoes at one time, no problem.
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:41 AM   #24
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What I'd like to find is a portable BBQ with two burners so I could cook with indirect heat.

My Q at home has four burners, a smoker burner, plus a side burner. I have complete control. If I do ribs I have the smoker burner turned up, the burner next to it on low and the other two turned off with the ribs over them. Three hours at 225 F is just perfect.

Eight hours for a smoked pork shoulder.

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Old 05-23-2009, 01:08 AM   #25
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X2 on the Porta Chef.

Best portable BBQ I've owned by far and quite inexpensive as well.
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:20 PM   #26
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I love the heat output of the Porta Chef, I have used it at a big party doing brats an burgers, and someone else brought out one that was twice the size, but mine put out even more food. It is a bit big for two, but you can do the corn, steak and potatoes at one time, no problem.
Hi Jim

We did most of our cooking on low, sure heats up quick on high....
And it was quite inexpensive, $147.00 at Fraserway RV (just down the Hwy. from Escape)
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After another camp with the Weber, it's the one I taking with me on the next camp. As I mentioned earlier it has wide feet that stay planted on the floor during transport. Setting up was easy - just move it to the campsite picnic table ( I bought a folding picnic table so we have options ). I didn't bother setting up the cart to hold the Q and likely won't take it with me next time. You can't do a whole chicken on the Weber Q or on the Porta Chef - not enough height to the lid, so I cut the chicken in half and grill it on low with the breast side up for about an hour. Next time I'll turn it at the end and crisp the skin more. We had steak and we had scallops and all were perfect.

If I had to pay for the Weber, I'd still be using the Porta Chef and be happy. The Weber is almost twice as expensive as the Porta Chef.

Keath and I also decided not to have a hose installed from the trailer propane tanks. The trailer had to be where it was to be level, and the picnic table was some distance away. We don't want the BBQ close to the trailer and especially the awning and we want to be able to shield it from winds. I have a ten-pound propane tank. Large enough but easy to move around.

To wrap up, if I was on a budget, the Porta Chef wins hands down. Otherwise the Weber Q is my choice because it won't roll around if not secured in a box and I don't have to put the legs on.

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Old 05-28-2009, 12:33 AM   #28
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I put my Porta Chef under one of the dinette seats, it fits perfect in there. The hose I have is 25' long and I have never come near the end of it. I have been out in lots of bad weather, so I often use it right at the edge of the awning so I can stay dry.

It is only 10 or so years old, so it likely has a fair bit of life in it.
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My brother-in-law sells fireplaces, hot tubs and BBQs. Told me the other day that Weber distributes Broil King in the U.S. and Broil King distributes Weber in Canada. So, they both must have confidence in the other's product.

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We just bought a Weber q 120 yesterday (just the two of us)
We have the quick connect on the trailer and the Q now has the regulator removed and a 10 foot hose..
I have a roll up aluminum table--so it will be perched on there..My griddle fit in it quite well and I am sure my muffin tins and small 9X9 cake pans will fit in it quite well...
The salesman said they have made cakes etc in theirs--so I hope to use it as an oven because they say they are very easy to keep the temperature adjusted well.
(unlike my folding coleman oven and camp stove)

so no more small one pound bottles/campstove/or folding oven/
BUT, did buy a portable camp fir/pit a few weeks ago--so have the 8 pound tank to go with it.... (you get rid of some stuff--but add more) but I did purge some of theextra unused stuff out of the trailer!!!
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